Information Services

New College Library

Founded in 1843 as the library of the Free Church College, New College Library now serves the University's School of Divinity.

It is one of the largest theology libraries in the UK, with over a quarter of a million items. Its large and rich special collections include the papers of Thomas Chalmers, J.H. Oldham and James S. Stewart.


Enter by the eastern side of the quadrangle, behind the statue of John Knox.

* Due to the closure of the entrance to New College quad until Monday 1 May 2017 access to New College Library is via door to left of archway on Mound Place.

Stack II will be closed.  A collection service will be operated.   Please make enquiries at the Helpdesk.  Apologies for the inconvenience.


New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1 2LU.


Access and opening hours

Staff and students of the University of Edinburgh have full access and borrowing rights.

Borrowing access is also available to ministers of the Church of Scotland and other denominations.

Visitors wishing to use Special Collections at New College Library will be required to present ID and proof of address dated within the last 3 months to register with the University of Edinburgh Library at the Helpdesk.

If you wish to donate books to New College Library, please contact the Academic Support Librarian before you bring books to the library. We are unable to accept donations at the New College Library Helpdesk.